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May 21 2023

The 32nd Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament will be held at Island Beach State Park on Sunday, May 21 from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.! Register early to save on adult registration fees, be eligible for additional prizes and head directly to the beach on tournament day. Early registration can be completed online or by mail.

Prizes will be awarded in age and species categories and the individual who catches the largest fish will win the Governor’s Trophy. An awards ceremony will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

For tournament rules and registration Click:

NJ Governors cup


May 15, 2022 results

The 31st Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament was held May 15, 2022 at Island Beach State Park. The day stared with fog, but ended with sunshine, and while it was a slow day of fishing, everyone seemed to enjoy spending their day on the beach trying their best to get a fish to bite. This was the fifth year the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament was open to high school teams with their own team category. Sixty-five high students from six school fishing teams fished this year’s tournament. One team leader said, “The kids didn’t catch anything, but they had a great day!” Assistant Commissioner of NJ DEP Fish and Wildlife, Dave Golden, was there to congratulate tournament winners, while assisting with the awards ceremony. Sponsoring organization presidents Gary Conk, Sr, NJ Beach Buggy Association; Wade Stein, NJ State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs; and Mark Taylor, Jersey Coast Angler Association, also assisted with handing out tournament prizes. While six striped bass were entered into the tournament, Pam McGee of Newton was the Governor’s Cup winner with a 37 ½” striped bass. Ms. McGee received two rod and reel combinations, a plaque and will have her name engraved on the Governor’s Cup, which is permanently on display at Island Beach State Park. Unfortunately, no one in the high school team category entered any fish. In addition to the grand prize, four anglers received rod and reel combinations for their prize-winning fish in the striped bass category. There are overall categories for children, teen, and adult anglers, including sub-categories for male and female anglers. The event was sponsored by the NJDEP’s Fish and Wildlife and State Park Service, the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, the Jersey Coast Anglers Association, and the NJ Beach Buggy Association. More than $150,000 has been raised since the inception of the tournament for conservation and education projects and improved beach access.

Winners of the 2022 Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament are: Striped Bass Category Teen (Male): First Place: Logan Appello, Cliffside Park, NJ – 29 5/8” Adult (Male): First Place: Tim Moran, West Milford, NJ – 31 4/8” Second Place: Vincent Percella, Lavallette, NJ – 31 1/8” Third Place: Ron Butkiewicz, Warren Twp., NJ – 28 6/8” Adult (Female): First Place and Governor’s Cup Winner: Pam McGee, Newton, NJ – 37 4/8″

or 2019 pictures and video scroll down, for 2021 results see the June 2021 newsletter




If you would like to be a judge and not fish contact:


Ken Hollins #23 Head Judge




Register now to fish in Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament!
Enjoy fishing with your family and friends on Island Beach State Park’s beautiful beaches. Register early to save on registration, be eligible for additional prizes and head directly to the beach the day of the tournament!

Visit to register and for details:


on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife for more information, including all winners since 1992, for the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament. Read all the requirements carefully to be able to participate.

Registration Form: click to download form

The event is sponsored by the NJDEP, Division of Fish and Wildlife, Division of Parks and Forestry, the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, the Jersey Coast Anglers Association, and the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association.

Along with the tournament prizes offered, the registration forms of pre-registrants and same-day entrants are placed into special drawings for additional prizes.



2019 Governs Cup


Anglers enjoyed a beautiful day fishing the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament at Island Beach State Park on Sunday. John Kolacy won the Tournament with a 37 ½”striped bass and Toms River South High School won the High School Team Category with a 26 ¼” bluefish! By Robert Conover Jr.


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NJBBA and NJ Division of Wildlife 2019 Governors Cup